The National Association for Sport and Physical Educationwants American families to sneak more daily exercise into their routine by taking back control of their schedules. Hence the reason why the organization has produced a brochure with 101 Tips for Family Fitnessbecause lack of time is cited as the number one barrier to why families are not engaging in enough physical activity together.
The brochure suggests some new ideas for fun family fitness activities and the tips run the spectrum from how to get started to keeping fit in the home, kitchen, school, workplace, and basically anywhere.
Here are some highlights of the 101 tips:
Use a pedometer– Pedometers allow families to collectively measure their levels of physical activity. Families can see how many steps a member can attain measured by a pedometer while babysitting, cleaning, cooking dinner or watching television.
Use physical activity as a reward– Instead of going out for ice cream, the family goes out inline skating as a treat.
Visit farms together– Picking your own strawberries, peaches, apples, etc. burns calories.
Run around on rainy days– Create an indoor scavenger hunt and have a race to see who can find everything on the list.
Play “Hit and Go” croquet – Hit the ball and run to it – across the whole yard during the entire game.
Throw a hula-hoop contest– Count how many hula-hoop rotations different family members can do.
Organize a family tournament– Play traditional recess games like hopscotch or four square.
Wash a lot of cars– Volunteer to especially help elderly neighbors with this task.
Create your own Olympics– Encourage friendly challenges and games at the next family reunion or neighborhood block party.
Share dances from each generation in your family– Young and older family members will move but laugh as they date themselves.
NASPE’s mission is to increase support for and improve the quality of physical education programs for the youth at school and home as well as envisions a society in which all individuals are physically educated and participate in lifelong physical activity.
Families can write to request a free copy of the brochure by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Paula Kun, NASPE, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, Va. 20191.